Making Choices on 7th October, 2021

Erasure = Choice: making creative selections

This is an early notice that I am currently working on resources for this year’s National Poetry Day – free to download – and they will revolve around writing found poetry using erasure which is all about making choices.

The principle for these resources is always to write/create, not to read and analyse poems to prompt writing. That said, I am also currently working on erasure approaches to English GCSE study/examination texts: the intention is the same – to promote creative writing – but where curriculum teaching is currently and regularly controlled, this can make it difficult for teachers to feel they can ‘step outside’ such to celebrate National Poetry Day.

The following examples of erasure using the text Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde illustrate the kinds of ‘knowing’ creative choices students can make using extracts from a text. These and other ideas will over the coming months be shaped into completed resources for free download,

 

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